The Citroen CX Is an Amazingly Quirky and Weird French Luxury Car


The Citroen CX is a crazy car with amazing quirks. Today I’m reviewing the Citroen CX and I’ll show you all the weird quirks of this unusual French luxury car. I’m also driving the Citroen CX, and I’ll show you what it’s like behind the wheel of a weird 1980s Citroën!


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  • i am french . and always lived in france. (a couple week doesn't count ) (yet always in europa). so 1st of all opening your door with your left hand leaves your right hand free! 2nd , in our cars we learn in our first lesson that not touching the wheel meaNS GETTING BACK TO STRAIGHT LINE. he car you showed isn't like any CX i did experiment.

    jugg ernauthhjugg ernauthh2 tundi tagasi
  • This car was a mainstream European car in the eighties. You saw them everywhere. US cars were exotic huge and awful quality.

    PieterPieter2 tundi tagasi
  • 1:26 Pužoou🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    David VodickaDavid VodickaPäev tagasi
  • It's a 'French Horn' of course.

    Steve MoganSteve MoganPäev tagasi
  • What’s a ‘Citrone’?

    PatriXdkPatriXdkPäev tagasi
  • Man if you think that this car is weird you should review the DS

  • A Citroën with Hydropneumatic Suspension and all the other innovations is what all the other cars in the world want to be when they grow up.

    Horatio JonesHoratio Jones2 päeva tagasi
  • Cup holder is designed for this particular car. Pulls cup holder out to reveal a piece of wood glued to it wrapped in duct tape.🤣 also the air horns are aftermarket.

    notfiveonotfiveo2 päeva tagasi
  • If I remember correctly, the long version of the CX was named Prestige. It was based on the Break Station Wagon design with a tail door, which had an extended chassis and axes spaced an extra 25cm than the regular CX, which was called Berline. Citroen CX where fantastic cars, totally different from all the boring off the rack design of cars back then. A car for individualists.

    WakeUpCallWakeUpCall2 päeva tagasi
  • 13:50 this is how Ford F-150 look like. Really high but then pathetically small tires with like 50cm between them and the wheel frame

    dH2edH2e2 päeva tagasi
  • I didn't know we have this in US. I drove smaller Citroën in college. Unfortunately they are not repairable.

    razzakov riyadrazzakov riyad3 päeva tagasi
  • "Citron"=))) its sitroen'

    Brabus MathewBrabus Mathew3 päeva tagasi
  • so, if i understand correctly, you, the right handed fella, open your drivers side door with the right hand, switch hands, to slip by the door frame, while left handed people do it the correct way, by just grabbing the door with the left hand and slipping by. passenger side, i use the right hand of course, because i don't have to switch hands, in the process of opening the car door. about the rear window, i think i heard somewhere, that they did that to avoif having a rear wiper. like, the idea was, that when it rains, the water drops would just collect in the middle, and create a clean stream downwards. i don't know if that is actually how thing work, but like i said. rumors.

    Adrian BozicAdrian Bozic3 päeva tagasi
  • Have you reviewed the SM?

    Ray TraceRay Trace3 päeva tagasi
  • 13:46 looks like inspector gadgets car

    Geo1310Geo13103 päeva tagasi
  • Welcome to the car world. Americans think that knowing about cars is choosing which of the 3 transmissions and engines available on the market, and fitting them into basic chassis with rudimentary brakes and leaf spring suspensions without any science at all. With all due respect, the lack of knowledge about cars is reflected in some comments about the car throughout the video, making it seem like the car was meaningless. God "Thunderbird T"... what a small world you live in. And attention, I'm not a fan of French cars, I'm a fan of automotive technique, no matter the brand, everything has an origin from where it's developed.

    Jorge SimõesJorge Simões3 päeva tagasi
  • I think Doug demuro is weird and quirky

    SavagepatchkidddSavagepatchkiddd3 päeva tagasi
  • Doug: The rear Window which is konkav: Its because it helps against dirt and rain. When you drive the wind "clean" the window.

    asterixxerasterixxer3 päeva tagasi
  • I see, it's the 'Prestige" version of the Cx. The normal ones were shorter and you had less leg room at the back.

    BlindazabatBlindazabat3 päeva tagasi
  • My neighbour had one of these when I was a kid. In the winter it took 20mins revving to get the suspension to rise.

    Blimey CrikeyBlimey Crikey3 päeva tagasi
  • Being french, and liking old cars, it is funny to see how an american talks about this car. I think the video lacks a bit in terms of context, for example this car replaced the DS as the citroen flagship car, which was not an easy predecessor to live up to! For the power figure, I think it is interesting to remember that there were versions of the Ford Mustang at the time that had even less power than this car, and they were supposed to be muscle car I believe.

    Paul DebaeckerPaul Debaecker4 päeva tagasi
    • Being German and liking old cars I have to say that this Citroen is absolutely weird but fine looking.

      dH2edH2e2 päeva tagasi
  • My father had a CX 25ie (1986), automatic gearbox from ZF, not turbo , short wheelbase. The interiors were all leather, but the previous design, much more interesting IMO. Starting by the dashboard with horizontal , rotational speedometer. The power window controls were all in the central console and not in the doors. The window at the back is concav to avoid dirt getting trap there as there is no rear wiper. I still remember all the long trips I made in this car in great comfort.

    João FernandesJoão Fernandes4 päeva tagasi
  • Who opens the driver side door with his right hand? I'm right handed but always open my door with my left hand.

    VladVlad4 päeva tagasi
    • I have never paid attention to it

      dH2edH2e2 päeva tagasi
  • The only quirky and weird thing in the video is the ton of your voice Doug. In France we call these quirky and weird things, engineering and innovation.

    Christophe PasturelleChristophe Pasturelle4 päeva tagasi
    • and he forgot to mention of how hydropneumatic suspension saved DeGaulles life.

      Steve LaughtonSteve Laughton3 päeva tagasi
  • Joli

    bourdon845bourdon8454 päeva tagasi
  • 7:38 What does the green light just above the door lock indicate?

    jgalloriojgallorio4 päeva tagasi
    • Maybe the alarm for locked doors

      EBR GeNeTiKEBR GeNeTiK3 päeva tagasi
  • Not Weird at all for the 80's! what is common today was futuristic and very special then, especially the CX-GT and SM versions..., was the Tesla of its era!, years ahead than anyone else...; In the 50s-70s, was the same with the Citroen DS also... The curved back window, was designed to use airflow to remove the water when it rained, hence did not need a rear wiper...

    Andreas IoannouAndreas Ioannou5 päeva tagasi
  • Its mindboggling how some self-absorbed Americans refer to anything as weird if its different from what they are used. It's just different. I bet you when they go to other countries and they see they are driving on the other side of the road as wierd or distance in kilometers not their miles.

    Andayi MushenyeAndayi Mushenye5 päeva tagasi
    • Yes, but that’s exactly what “weird” means, isn’t it? I am German and for me other languages also sound “weird” because I don’t understand them and aren’t what is normally hear. The American measuring system is also weird for me as a German, but for an American it’s the way around. And I also think that this car is absolutely weird in many ways.

      dH2edH2e2 päeva tagasi
  • I had the Xantia v6 (1997), a real monster of a Citroen.

    jips123jips1235 päeva tagasi
  • If you think this french car is weird , american cars must be really boring.

    Alex An BreizhAlex An Breizh5 päeva tagasi
  • Its a unique car. We have had a couple of these when i was a kid, diesels. Normal and the stationwagon with 3 seats, 3rd facing forward. Its not that difficult to fix them, you just have to think in a "french" way. My father always compaired them comfortwise to Nash, and the only car he didnt get tired of driving thru europe. Ahhh, and the brakes, very short pedaltravel takes a little to get used to, and thanks to the suspension, you can load it with how much you want. Just a perfect car for long trips :)

    SdKfz173SdKfz1735 päeva tagasi
  • You should try to review a Citroën C6, 3L V6.

    Paul BijnsdorpPaul Bijnsdorp5 päeva tagasi
  • "The Shark"... That was the nickname of this car here in Serbia. Or rather, the entire line that shared this general shape (including its smaller predecessor GS). However, Citroen was not widely popular here until recently. What helped was, most likely, the giving up of (most of) those quirks as well as Citroen starting cooperation with some companies from here which made them a bit more affordable. I myself am currently the owner of a 2004 Citroen C2. After a year of owning it, I still am not used to it completely and just feels a bit weird driving it for some reason. For example, all of my previous cars were VWs and even today when I sit at the wheel of any of those, I feel great... Back to Citroen... The only quirk I can find in C2 is - location of power window switches. They are on central console, in front of the shifter! Basically on the floor, blocked by the shifter! Why? Beats me... BTW, 2:30 - my guess why the handle is like that, better suited for opening it with left hand is because they presumed you would hold your car keys with your right hand while unlocking it... Oh, one more thing... Even here (Europe) nowadays, French cars are known to be complicated and expensive for maintenance and repairs, generally speaking... Less true today, but still... The most notorious for this is Peugeot, 2nd place goes to Renault and finally - Citroen.

    Ivan StepanovicIvan Stepanovic6 päeva tagasi
  • Should drive it on 3 wheels, mate! My father had, between 1979 and 1992 a Citroën GS, a Citroën VISA GTi, a Citroën GSA X-3 and a Citroën BX GTi... I really miss them all! 😪

    SpythersSpythers6 päeva tagasi
  • È stata un mio vecchio amore, indimenticabile.

    Emanuele ContiEmanuele Conti6 päeva tagasi
  • Peugot merged with Citroen in 1974

    Peter WoottonPeter Wootton6 päeva tagasi
  • The Prestige is the long wheel base limo version and has the raised roofline from the estates. It looks slightly odd as a result. The steering is like this as the geometry of the system provides no natural self centering - however it is incredibly stable and deals with a tyre blowout no problem - as does the suspension which can even cope with 1 rear wheel missing!

    Anthony DanielsAnthony Daniels6 päeva tagasi
  • Citroon... Or Citrøøn...

    Rune FossdalRune Fossdal6 päeva tagasi
  • very nice CX, I wish you saw the mk1 dashboard, that is definitely something from another planet.

    Pier-Paolo PosciaPier-Paolo Poscia6 päeva tagasi
  • That "trigger door opener" is done to prevent people from reaching in and opening the door when trying to break in in a drive-by. It's very hard to reach under when standing next to the car. Way easier when sitting in the car.

    TienenaarTienenaar6 päeva tagasi
  • I really liked the older model with the rounder lines. 60s I'm guessing? The ones that were on the road when I was a kid growing up in the 60s and I'd see parked on the street sometimes in my neighborhood. Beautiful, futuristic machines. They were in fact, ahead of their time. 👍

    George BGeorge B6 päeva tagasi
  • This has been the LONGEST Quirks and Features segment of DDM videos, ever.

    Muhammad RahadiansyahMuhammad Rahadiansyah6 päeva tagasi
  • The CX is a fantastic car, but this guy is quirky and weird!.....

    Marc CANMarc CAN7 päeva tagasi
  • Auto di merd! Holy sheet! Very low quality and low ergonomic car. Auto di merd!

    Tecnologia Alta QualitàTecnologia Alta Qualità7 päeva tagasi
  • Duncan MacLeod would be happy to own one.

    Tom MorningstarTom Morningstar7 päeva tagasi
  • My grandfather had a Citroen BX for many many years and I see some similarities, even though the BX is one tier below the CX.

    Pedro Albuquerque SantosPedro Albuquerque Santos7 päeva tagasi
  • There was also a CX (and the next model , the XM ) with 6 wheels, mostly used for special transport between Brussels and Paris.

    Baked Belgian WaffleBaked Belgian Waffle7 päeva tagasi
  • Another interesting car to review is the Lancia Thema 8.32, a Lancia with a Ferrari engine.

    Baked Belgian WaffleBaked Belgian Waffle7 päeva tagasi
  • My first car was a 1987 Citroën BX , the little brother of the CX...great car, futuristic design at the time.

    Baked Belgian WaffleBaked Belgian Waffle7 päeva tagasi
  • The only other car I recall that has a concave "inverted" rear window is the Chevy Impala circa 1969~1971 or so. It looked really cool on that car.

    bridgecrossbridgecross7 päeva tagasi
  • This car puts all american cars in a pocket.

    James BondJames Bond7 päeva tagasi
  • This guy move like a south park character. 🤣

    cultofpersonalit1888cultofpersonalit18887 päeva tagasi
  • The perpetual brow grossly sound because design wessely tug alongside a lucky memory. synonymous, bizarre woolen

    Andrea BrownAndrea Brown8 päeva tagasi
  • I had a Citroen BX in the late 90's. The best car I have ever driven, also the most expensive car to keep maintained and running on a monthly basis. But I still miss that car to this day, the best car I have ever owned or driven. The way the front of the car would rise up when you stamped on the accelerator, driving bliss !!

    Clive ShawClive Shaw8 päeva tagasi
  • 4:47 They probably could have made them self canceling, but anyone who has owned or driven any French car from the 50's up till the early 90's will know.. The French did not do self canceling indicators. 16:11 The reason it's so huge is because it's a "Prestige" edition, which had a longer wheelbase than the normal CX.

    Eise BaerendsEise Baerends8 päeva tagasi
  • My Dad drove a CX25 GTI Turbo Series 2 once, it was absolutely magnificent, i loved it (as a child)

    mcbethmcbeth8 päeva tagasi
  • this one is a "Prestige", it has a longer wheel base than the standard one, hence the huge legroom in the back (much appreciated by Jacques Chirac). But the standard was already very comfortable .

  • Can you please do a review on a Peugeot 407 Coupe, I own one 😉?. 👍👍

    Janne KääntäJanne Kääntä8 päeva tagasi
  • Growing up we had a GS, then a BX. They shared many of the weird features mentioned here. The other great feature of the suspension was when you needed to change a wheel. Set it to full height, place the jack at the jacking point, wind it so it touches the floor but doesn't lift the car, then turn off the ignition. The other 3 wheels sink back down, and the wheel that you are trying to change gets lifted off the ground by the angle the car leans to. You barely need to manually operate the jack at all. The BX had 2 headphone sockets in the rear - plug headphones in and the radio was muted and sent to the headphones. As kids we loved this. It had the rear window controls at the back of the centre console as mentioned, accessible to the driver and all passengers but didn't have the extra ones in the door. I suspect the ones in the door were only fitted on more expensive models.

    Jamie MunroJamie Munro8 päeva tagasi
  • We used to own one back in the 80ties, mom would get upset each time she broke a fingernail while trying to open the door. The door handles are not very nail friendly. @ you mention there is no gear indication, however originally there was, you can see the little rectangular space where there used to be a little plate showing the gears. It is just missing on this car. Blank buttons are actually pretty common on many brands in Europe of that era. They are used for options not purchased on your model. No lid in the trunk is more an advantage than a problem. Chances of id opening while doing a hill climb are relatively small compared to the comfort of not have to lift heavier things over a trunk-lid.

    Leffe LevenqueLeffe Levenque8 päeva tagasi
  • Note that Cx is the name of the Drag Coefficient in French (noted Cd in Englis), therefore the name CX of this vehicle who was designed with a shape offering the lowest drag coefficient of the industry at this time. Even the concave rear window contributed to the low drag. See

    Roland Le FrancRoland Le Franc8 päeva tagasi
  • Thank you for the fun review of this weird car. I remember a neighbor of mine who had this car when I was a kid. I suspect that the cup holder receptacle is a second car radio slot. At this time, there were some car radio extensions to add more features like a tape player, a graphical equalizer, an extra amplifier, etc.

    Roland Le FrancRoland Le Franc8 päeva tagasi
  • Cool. I'd like to see more Citroën reviews.

    The CA NationThe CA Nation8 päeva tagasi
  • My dream car i wish I could have one 😢❤

    Son KorSon Kor9 päeva tagasi
  • Fun thing about the hydromatic suspension. The Citroen Xantia Activa wagon with said suspension is the car with the highest speed rating in the famous Elk Test, by Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld. Those who flipped the A class and made a fool out of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Here's the top 10 :p Citroën Xantia Activa V6 1999 85 km/h Nissan Qashqai DIG-T 160 Acenta 2019 84 km/h Audi R8 V10 plus 5,2 FSI quattro 610 2017 83 km/h McLaren 675LT 2017 83 km/h Mercedes-AMG GT S 2015 82 km/h Porsche 996 GT2 2004 82 km/h Porsche 997 Carrera 4S 2008 82 km/h Porsche 997 GT3 RS 2008 82 km/h Porsche 997 GT2 2008 82 km/h McLaren 570S 2017 81 km/h

    Roger SkagerströmRoger Skagerström9 päeva tagasi
  • Hi. Why are you so sarcastic? Why, coming from a country who had invented nothing the last 50 years, do you judge before thinking? If you want a car as confortable as a hydro Citroën you will have to pay at least two o three time the price. Citroën always had different points of view. You say he get "only" 170 HP. Probably you forgot the nice, high-tech and potent US cars of the 80's and early 90's....

    Hofmann InstitutHofmann Institut9 päeva tagasi
  • I have had three Citroen CX in the past the steering is a bit strange at first but brilliant when you get used to it, the suspension system also operates the power steering and brakes, the brakes taking some getting used to as it is like putting your foot on a brick, but they are very comfortable and very safe as if you should suffer a tyre blow out the suspension system takes all the weight off of the tyre that has blown out and keeps the car under control, in fact Citroen made a video for advertising purposes showing one being driven with a wheel missing. If Citroen were to start making the CX again then I would not hesitate in buying one.

    Stephen DodgeStephen Dodge9 päeva tagasi
  • I owned this cars baby brother known as the GS 1200 Club. It had all of the quirky features this one has, just in a smaller version. One of the best cars I have ever owned, and I have owned many.

    Travel with TonyTravel with Tony9 päeva tagasi
  • you are weird, how many people open left door with the right hand, may be nobody

    PlimP nemalpPlimP nemalp9 päeva tagasi
  • hey, Doug can you do a video about the original vw bug from the 60s-70s pretty please!!!

    Joel AquinoJoel Aquino9 päeva tagasi
  • No mention of the brakes.

    Michael ShawMichael Shaw9 päeva tagasi
  • it reminds me of those low income cars that i use to see a lot during the 1990's as a kid in los angeles.. like a beaten up old honda civic..

    D GD G10 päeva tagasi
  • Even today, any movie that claims to be futuristic will almost always feature a Citroen at some point as a future car :))

    Manu SirManu Sir10 päeva tagasi
  • Amico, per fare il giornalista automobilistico devi avere una cultura automobilistica, e tu non la hai, lascia perdere, dedicati a qualcosa che conosci, il mondo delle automobili è per te un mistero.

    Paolo SalvatorePaolo Salvatore10 päeva tagasi
  • There is some differences with CX for french market with that CX for US market, my dad have one and an exemple on french CX we dont have gun cross for opening doors and some other things i see here

    jérome VILLERAYjérome VILLERAY10 päeva tagasi
  • The concave rear window was a result from the wind tunnel. The engineers thus achieved better wind resistance.

    freemind360freemind36010 päeva tagasi
  • Where jawed

    RaizelRaizel10 päeva tagasi
  • Is that how those cars are pronounced over in the States? Poo-joe and Sitrone? lol

    OldRacingGamesOldRacingGames10 päeva tagasi
    • Yeah, well.... Not so weird for people who don't know how to write or pronounce aluminium. Instead they call it aluminum..... Learning other languages is, at the least, not really stimulated in the US. For that matter; the same case in France. (And many other countries) But you might expect for a car reviewer to learn pronouncing car brand names the right way. Yes, you can all go bunkers on me now 😉

      Guus Van EsGuus Van Es10 päeva tagasi
  • comfort only 7???

    ziginaigraziginaigra11 päeva tagasi
  • citroen cx .....citroen xm ...... what else ?

    Marc MarcMarc Marc11 päeva tagasi
  • That gauge cluster looks cool as heck, and I never thought I'd ever say that about a Citroen

    hardrivethrutownhardrivethrutown11 päeva tagasi
    • Not seen many classic Citroëns then?

      Eise BaerendsEise Baerends8 päeva tagasi
  • Good eve from Manchester. We had in the family the Citroën GS. This one also had adjustable suspension. Like the DS, GSA, and BX also. One other benefit for the hydronic suspension is that it allows you to drive with 3 wheels. There are plenty of Citroën adverts driving on 3 wheels.

    The Greek MancunianThe Greek Mancunian11 päeva tagasi
  • Saab uses a turbo gauge too. Back in the mid 80ies.

    lagre som adsllagre som adsl11 päeva tagasi
    • They had a turbo gauge since the 99 turbo in 1978, which was the first "affordable" car that came with a turbo.

      Eise BaerendsEise Baerends8 päeva tagasi
  • This guy has very much missed the point about the steering wheel stalks. This design was deliberate to avoid the driver needing to take their hands off the wheel. if you keep your hands at "10 and 2 o'clock" you can access the buttons for lights, indicators etc and dropping down to 9 and 3 o'clock you can get the other buttons. It's not a consequence of the single stalk wheel which is purely aesthetic.

    Bobby FergusonBobby Ferguson11 päeva tagasi
    • and security reasons

      SdKfz173SdKfz1735 päeva tagasi
  • What an absolutely fantasticly .......french car..

    Allan Ø.N.Allan Ø.N.11 päeva tagasi
  • I lived in France for a while I think the concave rear glass has that shape because it has something to do with a keeping ice from building off the rear window, maybe a cheap alternative to running electric heating wires through the back window etc.

    Janick GoudeauJanick Goudeau11 päeva tagasi
  • The door gun like trigger is so cool and more ergonomical... Weird how that is different on all other cars

    Luka MilicLuka Milic11 päeva tagasi
  • I like how this guy is amazed by literally everything.

    Over MotorenOver Motoren11 päeva tagasi
  • they are garbage just like the country hahahhhaha lmao

    opinionsmatteropinionsmatter11 päeva tagasi
  • Inspector gadget mobile

    der kunstlerder kunstler11 päeva tagasi
  • In 1952 The desiner of this car Robert Opron began his professional career as a machine designer for the Compagnie Nationale des Sucreries in Ham in the Somme. In 1954 he was hired by aircraft builder Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautices du Nord.He specialised in cockpit design, and worked on the Nord Noratlas aircraft.

    Хари ВасилевХари Василев11 päeva tagasi
  • The Citroen CX was first a British BMC. BMC used _subframes,_ which would hold the engine, g/box and suspension all in the frame. The rear subframe held the suspension. This approach was easy to adept to new cars. Just restyle the body and bolt on the subframes. Farina designed a car for BMC using Austin 1800 subframes. The design was rejected by the useless BMC management. Citroen took it up. The BMC is the yellow car:

    John BurnsJohn Burns11 päeva tagasi
  • Mr beast: you need to be 18 to drive a car Jawed: HOLD MY CX

  • What's a POOJOE? I know what a Peugeot- is!

    Just MingledJust Mingled11 päeva tagasi
  • 1978.5 (only) Fiat Super Brava also had a single post steering wheel

    jd jeannettejd jeannette11 päeva tagasi
  • Always great when you wear your Annapolis shirt Doug.

    Mark YoungMark Young12 päeva tagasi
  • This is what most of us Euro drivers have come to expect from someone who was brought up with great lumbering American cars.

    Pierre ChristianPierre Christian12 päeva tagasi
  • This is a CX25 Prestige, not the normal length sedan, it was built on the Safari or wagon platform.

    Pierre ChristianPierre Christian12 päeva tagasi
  • It looks like a mix of a 80s/90s Chevy wagon and a delorean ..

    Welding_guyWelding_guy12 päeva tagasi
  • Try get your hands on a Rover SD1 Vitesse for a review. It was sort of the competitor of the CX gti turbo II but then from the UK. Also just like the CX this SD1 is called the last true Rover before they started working with Honda.

    rovervitesse1985rovervitesse198512 päeva tagasi